Skills and Local Labour Markets

The broader research agenda for WM REDI is to understand the relative impact of various interventions and investments for regional economic growth, sustainability and the reduction of social inequality in the West Midlands and the UK.

Projects in this research theme examine local and regional labour supply and demand, current skills trends and future needs, education and skills pathways, skills initiatives and policy, and analysis of skilled labour attraction and retention, skills mismatches and skills upgrading.

Understanding and addressing skills impacts and needs

Led by Alex Smith, this project looks at pathways for young people through education and their prospects afterwards, impacts of addressing disadvantage, and future trends and vulnerabilities.

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Universities, skills and strategies

Led by Abigail Taylor, this project investigates the current and future skills initiatives in local and regional economic strategies, with a particular emphasis on the role of universities.

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